Public value management: a paradigm shift?

John Connolly, Arno Van Der Zwet

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This chapter reflects on the previous chapters and provides an assessment of what the evidence from the British context tells us about the debate regarding whether we are living in a time of post-new public management, whether public value management fills a conceptual vacuum, or whether this represents the ‘emperors new clothes’. It concludes that there has not been a paradigmatic shift away from new public management ideas but that there has been an incremental shift in terms of how public value outcomes are being considered by policy-makers. What has been missing is a comprehensive reform agenda that allows public value management to be a consistent and integral part of British governance. However, the twin crises of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic may offer a springboard for reform in the medium to long term.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Value Management, Governance and Reform in Britain
EditorsJohn Connolly, Arno van der Zwet
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783030555863
ISBN (Print)9783030555856
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational Series on Public Policy
ISSN (Print)2524-7301
ISSN (Electronic)2524-731X


  • public value management
  • Brexit
  • covid-19
  • reform
  • governance
  • post-new public management
  • public value
  • paradigmatic shift
  • outcomes
  • crisis
  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • reform agenda
  • UK governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Public Administration


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